Woman Peeved Marijuana Planted in Bag 

Woman Peeved Marijuana Planted in Bag 
Posted by FoM on April 19, 2000 at 12:59:25 PT
Canadian Press
Source: Excite Canada
A woman is considering legal action against the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency after a bag of marijuana was planted in her luggage as part of a training exercise. Jackie McCormick of Fredericton came home March 8 after a three-week stay in Florida. But it wasn't until the next morning when she unpacked her duffle bag that she found a clear plastic bag of marijuana at the bottom. 
The small bag had a Revenue Canada label attached to it. "My eyes just about popped out of my head," the 70-year-old woman said. She showed the plastic bag to her husband, Bill, who was also uncertain about the identity of the green, leafy substance. But he knew it was trouble and thought whoever had put it into his wife's bag would eventually come looking for it. After having the marijuana returned to Canada Customs officials been planted in her checked bag at the Moncton, N.B., airport where her plane landed. The plant was supposed to be part of a dog training exercise. The incident has left McCormick feeling frustrated and she's angry that the federal agency considers the situation resolved. And that's why she's seriously thinking about talking to a lawyer to find out what her rights are in the case. "I think it was terrible," she said. "It just disrupts everything." McCormick was eventually contacted by a customs official who told her it wouldn't happen again. "He didn't really apologize," she said. "They just say it was a mistake. I don't think it's a bit fair. "I think I should have kept them (the drugs) and really made them look for it." McCormick believes her privacy rights were violated and she also wants to make sure that something like this doesn't happen to anyone else. The situation has been resolved following an internal investigation, says Jacinthe LeBlanc, communications manager of the New Brunswick office of Canada Customs. "We sincerely apologize," she said. "We're sure it created some stress." LeBlanc admits that the agency made a mistake in planting the marijuana on someone else's property. "Why he did it I don't know," LeBlanc said of the dog handler involved in the training exercise. The marijuana McCormick discovered had obviously been overlooked by customs agents and the drugs managed to get by a checkpoint without being detected, she said. There are almost 40 specially trained dogs used by Canada Customs across the country for the purpose of detecting illegal drugs and firearms. Normal protocol for dog training exercises is to plant a firearm or drug in the surrounding environment, such as a car, at an airport, or on the person of another customs agent. (Fredericton Gleaner)Web Posted: Wednesday April 19, 2000Fredericton(CP) Copyright  2000 Excite Canada Inc. CannabisNews Articles On Airports, Dogs & Canada:
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Comment #8 posted by SHMOKIN ONE on June 13, 2001 at 19:25:21 PT
The American drug war insanity has finally jumped the border. By the way, I just brought a pound of hydro from Hamilton Ontario on Air Canada to Moncton no problemo. HA
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Comment #7 posted by kaptinemo on April 20, 2000 at 17:09:51 PT:
Excuse me
There's something that I think you are all missing: why is it legal for the government to put something illegal in a woman's luggage, under the premise of a test, and then blithely shrug off what would normally cause at least some consternation and at worst (here in the Good 'Ol US of A) the 'jackbooted thugs' busting down your door and killing you?If marijuana is so dangerous, why use it when the danger of it becoming lost like this example was so high? Aren't they supposed to 'protect and to serve'? Does that include (gasp! horrors!) putting a DANGEROUS (biohazard trefoil with red strobe lights flashing and klaxons blasting) substance where the public might be harmed by its' presence?Why use mariijuana for the test? Because they know *bloody well* why: it's harmless. They certainly would have been a lot more careful if it had been cocaine or heroin; I doubt they would have been so bold if it had been a big bag of the 'powders white and deadly'.This is just one more example of the Emperor's lack of haberdashery. A pity this is given more media exposure, seeing as the police here have already invited it through their carelessness.
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Comment #6 posted by legalizeit on April 19, 2000 at 22:13:53 PT
relax lady...
here's a waterpipe... kick back, light up and enjoy your gift from God and the government.Although... the way the drug paranoia is accelerating exponentially, I don't blame her for being scared that someone would come looking for it. I could just imagine cops planting pot in someone's luggage, then come sneaking around a few hours later to see who's tokin'.
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Comment #5 posted by SPLiF on April 19, 2000 at 18:20:58 PT:
NICE!!!!!! :}~
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Comment #4 posted by Symmetric on April 19, 2000 at 16:25:13 PT:
I saw this on the tv news yesterday..
If they did the same thing to me then came looking for their "training materials" all they would find is a lot of haze.Another good one I heard this week was about these two guys in Quebec who were selling pot out of their convienence store. When an undercover RCMP officer went in and asked to be hooked up he was charged sales tax on his purchase given a reciept. Now that would take balls. I figure they're either really dumb or looking for a chance to challenge the drug law in court.
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Comment #3 posted by dddd on April 19, 2000 at 15:23:24 PT
Good Grief!!
Now we know how inept these people are.It's a shame that the drug budget is so short of resources that we are making it really hard for Taco Bell,Burger King,and MacDonalds,to hire the cream of the crop in the minimum wage world.
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on April 19, 2000 at 14:49:20 PT:
Yea, lady ... whatcha bitchin' 'bout?Musta been shakeweed ... :-)
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Comment #1 posted by SkRaPz on April 19, 2000 at 14:34:45 PT:
weed in luggage
this lady found weed in her bag! so whats the problem again?
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